What’s better than a Sunday morning, and a nice cup of coffee while watching the sunrise? Having all of that alone, out in the wilderness, out of a tent. That’s what’s better. Brewing coffee outdoors is a simple task, but doing it right? That takes skill, and the perfect camping coffee maker. Your coffee is only as good as the beans it came from; your brew is only as good as the equipment is was made in—time to upgrade.
The Best Camping Coffee Maker
When you’re camping, taking some home comforts with you will make it so much better. This coffee machine is designed to be used at home but it can run on batteries, so you can take it anywhere. That means you can wake up to a fresh cup of high-quality coffee every morning. It has automatic and manual modes, so you can take the easy route or control the water/coffee ratio yourself. You will need to bring filter paper and ground coffee with you, everything else is included. We were particularly impressed at how easy the Gourmia GCM3250 maker is to use. There’s a simple control panel with just four buttons and a small LCD screen. In short, if you’re looking for an easy way to make coffee whilst camping, this is the machine for you.
Automatic and manual mode
- Weight2.38 pounds
When you’re buying camping equipment, it needs to be tough. That’s why the Coleman Stainless Steel Percolator is the perfect camping coffee gadget. There’s nothing fancy about this coffee maker, it’s just a percolator made from stainless steel. That means all you need to make awesome-tasting coffee pre-ground coffee beans and hot water. It can make up to 12 cups of coffee, making it perfect for large families and groups. Plus, it’s lightweight enough to store in your pack and is designed to resist corrosion and rust. If you’re looking for simplicity, the Coleman Stainless Steel Percolator is the camping coffee maker you need.
Makes up to 12 cups
Made from stainless steel
- Weight 2.2 pounds
If you love the fresh taste of barista-style coffee on the go, then you will love this innovative and stylish coffee press from the reputable brand, Stanley. The leak-proof design is ideal for campers, hikers, or daily commuters and will easily fit into a backpack, ensuring you have access to your favorite brew on demand.
It’s made from high quality, durable and rust-free BPA stainless steel and is also fully dishwasher safe. It’s easy to use and durable, too, plus the French press element can be easily removed for quick and convenient cleaning. With the usual high standards of vacuum sealing you’ve come to expect from a world-renowned brand like Stanleys, your favorite hot beverage remains at optimum drinking temperature for four hours. This integrated press, vacuum, and mug is an excellent idea and means you never have to worry again about your favorite brew going cold. Lovers of classic design with also appreciate the style of this Stanley vacuum press mug.
Durable stainless steel press
Easy to remove and clean
Vacuum insulated to keep drinks hot for 4 hours
Ideal for travels; leak-proof and fully packable
Naturally BPA free so safe and hygienic to use
- Weight1.2 pounds
Just because you are traveling away from home doesn’t mean that you have to forgo your favorite hot beverage of choice. If you are a lover of espresso, then you will adore the Nanopresso system from Waco. This patented manual espresso machine works with all varieties of ground coffee for that unparalleled fresh espresso taste and flavor. A patented pumping system featuring 18 bars of stable extraction delivers that barista style espresso experience outdoors. It’s small, compact and superbly designed, engineered to be lightweight, portable with a reassuringly solid build. Capable of holding up to 80ml of water and featuring a detachable coffee cup, the Nanopresso Kit really is the coffee connoisseurs choice.
Patented and powerful pumping system
Works with all your favorite coffee grinds
Ergonomically engineered to be lightweight, durable and portable
Heatsink design protects hands and keeps liquids hot
Nanopresso water tank features 80 ml capacity
- Weight11.8 ounces
Farberware has been one of those brands that have flooded our household for years. When you head to the store and need something in a pinch, you usually see the inexpensive and quality option Farberware provides. Prepare to get the same durability you’ve come to trust, and one of the best-tasting mugs of coffee that you’ve ever experienced.
You can brew a pot for the whole campsite; if you brought your lady or a few of your mates, you’ll be all set to go. Pop open a propane flame and get your percolator going; stainless steel ensures that you won’t get an off-putting taste—nothing but that joyous java flowing through. If you’re planning to hit the trail and can’t do without your morning brew, grab the inexpensive, high-capacity percolator from Farberware.
Made of polished and durable premium stainless steel with stay-cool handle
Clear plastic cap for percolation monitoring
Comes with built-in permanent filter basket
Capacity: 8 cups
- Weight2.25 pounds
We all remember the innovative integration of the Keurig system—they’re in every hospital, office, and store all across America. Single-serve solved the problem of wasting half-a-pot of coffee in the morning, and what better time to utilize single-cup innovation than out on the motorcycle camping trail by yourself?
Primula has one of the easiest systems to use. You grind your beans, toss the grinds in the mesh teabag-style container, and lock the cover into place. The cup itself is crafted of super durable plastic that can withstand any heat, and doesn’t release harmful chemicals into your drink. You don’t even need to dirty your camping mug (used to heat the water) if you don’t want to—this coffee maker comes with a built-in handle so you can drink on the go. These are also great ideas for those who want to make coffee at home but not waste money on an expensive system. Can of pre-grinded coffee, single-cup maker, and your budget friendly caffeinated bliss is just around the corner.
In-cup coffee brewer system
Compact, lightweight, and versatile coffee brewing system
Reusable, practical fine mesh filter
Coffee strength determined by the rate of hot water pouring
Freshly-brewed coffee within 30 seconds
- Weight1.6 ounces
This is one of the products that you just get really excited about; don’t pack up the instant coffee. Nobody really likes that stuff, anyway. This silicone-bodied java drip is a pop-up coffee station when you need it in a pinch. Pop it open, apply your grinds, and run your hot water through. This is essential for hiking and camping—it folds up flat like a disc.
We all get worried applying 200F water to anything silicone, right? We’ve all seen the news headings. GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip comes with sealed silicone, so you won’t release any harmful chemicals into your brew when you pour it. Just pop it open, run coffee through it into your cup, and fold it for easy backpack storage. What more could you want?
Fully collapsible design for convenience and superb versatility
Fit-ring design for spill-free and stable brewing
Makes 1 to 12 cups of freshly brewed coffee
Collapsible bellows made of food-grade silicone expands as drip cone
Silicone drip cones come with snap-on covers
- BrandGSI Outdoors
- Weight6.4 ounces
For some of us, coffee just isn’t enough. We either need to spike it with a shot of espresso, or ditch standard coffee altogether and go for a hardcore coffee connoisseur brew. Not only is this lightweight as can be (you’ll truly be amazed when you grab it out of the box; it’s insane), but you also get the ability to kiss electricity goodbye. No compression, no canisters (like you may see in some other models)—MiniPresso is all hand-operated, so even when there’s no electricity, you can pop on a propane heater for your water, and drink your espresso in the middle of the mountaintop.
Use the cover like a petite espresso cup, and use this all-in-one espresso maker anywhere you go. It’s also fantastic for hotel travel. Company stuck you in a one-star? Hate all the chain coffee shops around? Snag some creamers and sugar packets (you know, if you’re not a hardcore coffee drinker; it’s okay, we understand), from the front desk, and enjoy an espresso in your room. A little piece of paradise everywhere you go.
Featherweight, compact handheld espresso coffeemaker
Semi-automatic piston for efficient coffee flavor-extraction
Hand-operated; doesn’t require NO2 cartridges or compressed air
Comes with scoop and built-in espresso cup
Accepts a wide range of coffee beans
Makes 1.7 ounces of authentic expresso
- Weight1 pound
GSI is known for their lightweight and compact solutions, and they bring that promise to their Ultralight Java Drip model. It’s easily storable in your backpack (but if you’re just packing and living out of your trunk at a campsite, you may lose it in there; it’s small!). One of the best parts about this is, once you grind your beans or just toss in your pre-ground coffee, you can pour your hot water without worrying about the Ultralight tipping over.
Plastic legs ensure stability, while the filter promises to maintain every grind perfectly. Nothing runs that last sip of coffee like grinds in the bottom. Pack up your super lightweight Java Drip and enjoy coffee wherever you go. (Just be sure you have a propane burner or access to hot water).
Ultra-compact, extra-lightweight coffee dripper
<0.5 ounce ultra-light design Sturdy and durable legs that clip onto any mug of coffee cup rim Made of clear propylene and nylon
Coleman is one of the leaders in all things camping, and it’s clear to see why. Without dropping half of your wallet, you get an immense capacity for all of your coffee needs. With this capacity, if you’re more of an iced coffee drinker, you can grab the ice from your cooler and double-brew your way to bliss. You don’t have to be next to an ice machine to enjoy the crisp, bold flavor of hot-brewed iced coffee.
With such a durable design, you’re holding under three pounds in your hand (when empty). With a wide base for stability, and an evenly distributed amount of material weight, you’ll be able to pour with ease, and you won’t have to worry about it tipping over. Percolators that are too lightweight can get knocked over easily. That’s why you brought Coleman to the party. This is also great for picnics or outdoor gatherings at the park. Can’t go without your coffee? Have your coffee go with you.
Crack-resistant coffee pot made of double-coated enamel
Chip-proof and corrosion- resistant rim made of stainless steel
Extra-wide coffee percolator base for greater stability
Easy to clean and maintain
Capacity: 14 cups
- Weight2.4 pounds
Just like the title suggests—Presto, and it’s done! We all love our Keurig machines, so why shouldn’t we be able to bring that ease of use out into the wilderness? Use the plunger to slowly press hot water through your K-cup pod, and within a minute, you’ll have a silky smooth brew. This model features the ability to actually see the water drain, and the coffee fill the attached cup.
This is the perfect solution (both cost and travel wise) for the travelling businessman. None of us want to use the coffeemaker in the hotel room. We don’t know the last time it’s been cleaned. If you’ve ever looked in your own coffeemaker at home after three separate brews, you know how discolored and grimy it can get. Pack this up, grab some hot water from the coffee station at the front desk, and brew your own excellent cup in under a minute.
Compatibility with K-Cup single-serve coffee preparations
Portable, light, and compact design for exceptional versatility
Comes with refillable MyJo cup for brewing favorite coffee grounds
Compatible with standard-sized coffee and travel mugs
Heat-resistant, anti-slip, easy-grip silicone handle
- Weight14.1 ounces
Camping Coffee Maker Buyers Guide
There are a ton of great models out there—more than we’re able to even list here, but are they are right for you? You should be looking for the ability to choose your own brew strength, how portable the perfect model is, and every little detail in between. Need to know what to look for? We covered that, too.
Much like with our Primula single serve model on the top of our list, you should be able to choose how strong (or weak) you want your coffee to be. If you’re in need of a serious pick-me-up, or if you just want to have something hot to sip on, it’s all up to you. Let your mood tell you which strength you need to get through the morning and the rest of the day. Having the option to choose how strong your brew is going to be is absolutely crucial when going to pick out your own model.
We are talking about camping, right? We’re not talking about using a camper. We’ve talking about using a camping mug to heat up some water over the fire, and brewing the perfect cup of coffee as if it were second nature. Without the amenities that a camper offers, (not to mention the storage space), you want to ensure two things: your camping coffee maker should be portable, and ready for anything. Imagine you were going hiking every single time you pulled out your outdoor coffee maker. You stop by the side of the trail, and you pull out the best portable coffee maker for camping out through the day or onward through the next morning. Perfect start to the day? Yeah, we thought so.
Nobody wants to make a mess on their backpack or their boots. Coffee grinds are basically like hot, wet sand; it’s going to get everywhere if you’re not careful. An easy cleanup, such as a mesh filter that can be easily cleaned, is an essential part of the ideal camping coffee pot. Coffee grounds are one of the leading ingredients in proper compost, so dumping coffee grounds on the forest floor and leaving the plastic containers behind is actually good for the environment.
Camping Coffee Maker FAQ
Q: How To Brew The Perfect Coffee Outdoors
A: With coffee, everybody is finnicky. Our editor for this article ran a coffee shop chain for five years—nothing could be more true than coffee drinkers being particular about their perfect cup. When you’re roughing it, but you still want that excellent morning cup of coffee, it’s going to be a hard task to manage. Strap in and get ready.
- The Right Grinds
If you’re ambitious enough to bring a battery-operated coffee grinder out into the wilderness with you, then more power to you. Whether you’re bringing a tin can of grinds or fresh beans, you need to know one thing: medium to high levels of acidity in your coffee is going to be the defining factor here. When you use a percolator, you’re pulling every little molecule of bitterness out of your beans. The lower the acidity, the better off you’re going to be throughout the whole process.
- Setting Up Shop
Depending on which model you’ve decided to go with, you’ll need to get your setup going. If you’re using a standard percolator, get ready to sit over the fire for a while. Get your grinds out, measure them out, measure your water, and let’s get moving, shall we?
- Heating The Water
Percolator models are going to be tedious, but ultimately useful. Using a thermometer that can withstand boiling temperatures is crucial for getting the perfect cup. When you hit 200F (never exceeding 212F) you’re in the perfect range. Keep it hovering in between, and you have the perfect temperature for piping hot coffee.
- Actual Brewing
Shop’s been set up, and now you’re going forward with crossing the finish line and leaning back in your camping chair, and readying yourself for the day. Carefully handle your camping mug of hot water, and depending on your camping coffee maker type, we’re ready to go.
For French press style…
Never used a French press before? It’s one of the most simplistic processes, but you need to be certain that you don’t overflow the press, or push down on the plunger too quickly. Fill the press, and gently, slowly press down. Doing so too quickly can send grinds floating up into your brew, and nothing ruins the last sip like finding a couple of grinds.
For single-cup style…
Straightforward as it gets—you need to find the optimal speed to pour over the grinds. Quickly enough that it’s not leaking down the side of your cup, but slowly enough that it’s only filling up the grinds area about halfway as it siphons the sweet coffee grind nectar into the chamber below.
If you’re sporting a Coleman coffee maker (like the propane one in our list), then you’ll be able to functionally craft your coffee as if you were at home, using the pot on your counter. When you’re not using fully-automated systems, you’re going to have a trial period of making a few less-than-perfect cups, but that’s just the nature of the beast. After using your preferred brand and style of camping coffee maker, you’ll be a master of melding the indoors with the out.